“A member of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CADFW) picked up the rehabilitated animal from the Ramona Wildlife Center and transported her back to a site outside of the burn area that has been predetermined by biologists to have rich food and water sources for the animal to continue to thrive,” the statement said.
The 7- to 9-month-old bobcat arrived at the center October 13 from the fires in Yucaipa with severe burns, many of which were infected.
The bobcat responded well to her care and after one month, she doubled in size and after seven weeks she had made a full recovery and was ready to be released back into the wild, according to the humane society.
“This is why we work so hard for every single patient who comes through our doors — so they can return to the wild and thrive in their natural habitat,” said Andy Blue, San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center campus director.
“This little fighter went from emaciated with severe burns to becoming a feisty predator who will be able to fend for herself in nature. We are thrilled!”
The Ramona Wildlife Center specializes in caring for apex predators and birds of prey, including hawks, owls, eagles, coyotes, bears, bobcats and mountain lions.